NFL Betting Preview Cardinals vs. Rams – January 17, 2022

NFC West foes take their rivalry into the playoffs when the Los Angeles Rams (12-5) and Arizona Cardinals (11-6) square off to decide the season series in the Wild Card round at SoFi Stadium. Both teams fell in the regular-season finale and look to turn things around in the playoffs. 

After splitting their first two matchups, the Rams and the Cardinals will match up for the third time. On the road in week four, the Cardinals buried the Rams 37-20, but the Rams got their revenge in Arizona, beating the Cardinals in week 14, 30-23. For that reason, this will be a great matchup on Monday night, so let’s see how these two teams stack up.

Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview: Arizona Looks to Continue Road Success against Rams

The Cardinals will hit the road to take on the Rams after losing four of their final five games to close the season. After dropping to the Seahawks and conceding 38 points, Arizona will rely on their defense for a bounceback game as they rank 11th in the NFL in total yards (329.2) and concede 21.5 points per game.

The Cardinals boast two players with double-digit sack totals, and the pass defense has been solid as well, conceding just 6.9 yards per attempt (9th) and 214.4 yards per game (7th). Despite this, they were shredded by Russell Wilson for three touchdowns in the season finale and will have another tough matchup against Matthew Stafford. 

Offensively, the Cardinals need a huge game out of Kyler Murray, who finished the year with 3,787 yards and 29 total touchdowns. Cliff Kingbury’s offense is one of the best in the league as they are averaging over 370 yards and 26.4 points per game. James Connor finished the year tied for second in touchdowns with 15 on the ground. Be that as it may, they have been hindered ever since losing Deandre Hopkins to injury.

Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview: Los Angeles Hopes to End Rivalry on Monday Night

The Rams clinched the NFC West with an Arizona Cardinals loss and have now gone to the postseason four times in five seasons under head coach Sean McVay. Despite taking a loss to San Francisco, the offense will be just fine as they are averaging 372.1 yards and 27.1 points per game. Matthew Stafford’s 41 passing touchdowns led the offense, while Cooper Kupp is the first receiver since 2005 to lead the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. 

Be that as it may, Matthew Stafford has been a pick machine as of late, recording eight interceptions in his last three contests and leading the NFL in interceptions (17). Additionally, Cooper Kupp was held under 90 yards one time this year, which came against the Cardinals. 

Defensively, the Rams didn’t have their best season as they’ve conceded 344.9 yards and 21.9 points per game. Despite this, they have plenty of firepowers led by many veterans like Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and Jalen Ramsey. The unit has forced 25 takeaways on the year and ranks third in the NFL in interceptions with 19.

Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Rams as -4 home favorites with the point total set at 50. 

Free Betting Pick

Both teams are tied to how their quarterbacks perform. Los Angeles is 9-0 when Matthew Stanford finishes with a quarterback rating of over 100. Similarly, the Cardinals are 8-0 when Murray hits the century mark in QBR. This game should come down to the defense, and LA’s defense is arguably the better unit. The Ram’s are on the upswing, and the secondary hasn’t given up a triple-digit QBR since week 10.

Defensively, the Rams got the best of Kyler Murray in their last matchup as Aaron Donald recorded three sacks. Donald has 12.5 sacks this season and should get double-teamed, but it won’t matter as Von Miller has recorded five sacks in his last four games. Even if this game comes down to a field goal, the Rams should have the advantage as Matt Gay has only missed two field goals all year, compared to Matt Prater, who has missed seven. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Rams -4

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